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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Our Family Meal Plan for this week - £52

Last week was even busier than planned because I ended up having more meetings than I thought so I am hoping for a quieter week this week.  I have another couple of meetings and my usual work shifts along with a clinic appointment or two to attend as well.

My middle daughter turns 11 on Friday so I will have to bake for her class and also bake a birthday cake.  I have specific instructions, complete with a drawing, detailing what she wants her cake to look like.  No pressure!  She also gets to chose what she would like for dinner on Friday and has chosen Homemade Pizzas.

Packed lunches this week will be mini vegetable quiches with crudites, herbed yoghurt dip, a piece of fruit and a small baked treat.  Breakfasts will be cereal and milk with a piece of fruit for afters.  We will be at friends on Saturday for lunch so I will be taking desserts, on Sunday it will probably be toasted sandwiches.

Dinners

Bean Burgers with Potato Wedges - Meatfree Monday

400g tin mixed beans, drained and rinsed
1 onion, finely diced
1 pepper, finely diced
1 tsp chilli powder
100g fresh breadcrumbs
about 500g potatoes, for the wedges

Sauté the onion and pepper in a little oil for a couple of minutes until it softens then leave to cool for a bit. Mash the mixed beans with a potato masher, leave it a little lumpy – not too smooth. Add the cooled sautéed pepper and onion along with the breadcrumbs to the mixed beans and mix everything together thoroughly. Shape into 5 burgers and fry in a little oil for a couple of minutes on each side, until they’re golden brown. Then put them in the oven at 180C for about 10 minutes until completely cooked through.

Wash the potatoes and cut them into wedges, not too thick. Put a little oil on your hands and rub the wedges so that they get lightly coated in the oil. To cook the wedges, bake them in the oven for about 25 minutes at 180C.

Serve the burgers in buns with tomato, lettuce and mayo. I sometimes sprinkle a little paprika and/or chilli powder over the wedges to give them a little more flavour.


Salmon Bake - Tuesday

1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 free range eggs, beaten
500ml milk
100g butter, melted
415g can pink salmon, drained
1 onion, finely chopped
70g grated cheddar cheese
1 tsp fresh chives, finely chopped

Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, pour in the eggs, milk and butter. Then add the drained salmon, finely diced onion, grated cheese and chives. Mix everything together until just combined. Don’t over-mix it.

Grease a large ovenproof dish then pour the mixture in. Cook at 180ºC for about 45 minutes until the egg has set. I’ll be serving this with cooked mixed vegetables.


Beef Koftas with Salads - Wednesday

500g minced beef
1 onion, finely diced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 clove garlic, crushed
handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
pinch of salt
a few grinds of black pepper

250g couscous
500ml hot vegetable stock

shredded lettuce
2 carrots, sliced into batons
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
3 tomatoes, thinly sliced

Put the beef into a mixing bowl with the onion, cumin, garlic, coriander, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Wet your hands and shape the mixture into 6 long sausage shapes around soaked wooden skewers. Place on a foil lined oven tray and grill for approximately 10 - 15 minutes until cooked through.

Put the couscous into a large mixing bowl and cover with the hot stock. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave for 10 minutes then stir the couscous with a fork to fluff up the grains. Serve the koftas with the couscous and salads.

Toad in the Hole with Mixed Vegetables and Mash - Thursday

Homemade Pizzas - Friday

Sausage Hotpot, leftovers in pasties - Saturday and Sunday


Shopping List

30 items: £51.93 from Asda online on 16/03/14.

Packets and Cereals
1x   ASDA Chosen by You Wheat Bisks (24x18g)                                £1.78
1x   ASDA Smartprice Cornflakes (750g)                                             46p
1x   Jus Rol Puff Pastry Block (2x500g)                                              £2.00
1x   ASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                       80p
1x   Great Scot Pearl Barley (500g)                                                     64p
1x   ASDA Wholefoods Cous Cous (500g)                                          68p
1x   ASDA Home Baking Easy Bake Yeast (6 per pack - 42g)               65p
1x   ASDA Wholefoods Brown Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                             £1.28

Tins, Jars and Cooking
2x   Princes Wild Pink Salmon (213g)                                                  £2.50
1x   ASDA Chosen by You Mixed (405g)                                             £1.24
1x   ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn (326g)                                             35p

Frozen
2x   ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                                   £1.50

Dairy and Eggs
4x   ASDA British Semi Skimmed Milk 4 Pints (2.27L)                          £4.00
2x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                           90p
1x   ASDA Rich and Creamy Unsalted Butter British (250g)                  £1.00
1x   Suffolk Farm Medium Free Range Eggs (6)                                  £1.00
1x   ASDA Cheddar and Mozzarella Grated Cheese (250g)                   £1.50
1x   ASDA 30% Less Fat Mature Grated Light British Cheese (250g)     £1.50

Meat, Fish and Poultry
2x   ASDA Extra Special Pork Sausages (6 per pack - 454g)                £5.00
1x   ASDA Butcher's Selection British Beef Mince (500g)                     £2.00
2x   ASDA Chosen by You Danish Pepperoni (120g)                           £2.00

Fruit and Vegetables
12   ASDA Bananas (Approx 170g)                                                     £1.39
2x   ASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                                                     £3.00
13   ASDA Tomatoes by Weight (160g)                                               £4.14
3x   ASDA Whole Cucumber                                                               £1.50
2x   ASDA British Iceberg Lettuce Loose                                             £1.00
1x   ASDA Celery                                                                               80p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Peppers (700g)                                                £1.36
1x   ASDA Carrots (1.2Kg)                                                                 £1.00
2x   ASDA Apples (1.2Kg)                                                                  £4.00
2x   ASDA Smartprice Pears (500g)                                                    £1.58
Prices and special offers reflect those of the online grocery website My Supermarket, and are correct as of 16th March 2014.  Prices may vary in different in-store locations.

As usual I compared the cost of my shopping which would've cost: £59.06 from Tesco, £60.09 from Morrisons and £61.11 from Sainsbury's.

Don't forget to check out the other Meal Plans on the linky over on At Home With Mrs M.


8 comments:

  1. Oh and I want the potato wedges! I am so impressed with you lady!

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  2. I've never made bean burgers, will have to give that a try! Writing down your budget is a good idea as I always end up spending a lot more than I should, maybe if I did that it might shock me into spending less! Have a good week :) xx

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  3. You have some very good ideas here - think I will try the bean burgers too! I need to meal plan as it definitely helps - thank you for your ideas.

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  4. Yum! Sounds fab as always! Visiting from #mealplanningmonday

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  5. The beef koftas sound good! I'll have to give those a try

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  6. Love that your bean burgers are egg free and that you do meat free Monday xx

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  7. Happy Birthday to your girl! Hope she has a fa day!!
    I like the sound of the Bean Burgers x

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  8. Frugal, delicious and varied as always Michelle! Bravo!

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